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Some Of The Scariest Haunted Houses in America

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Halloween is now upon us and our thoughts turn to the supernatural, the undead and the downright creepy. But, really, regardless of the season, is there anything scarier than a haunted house? From coast to coast, homes that boast a little paranormal activity abound, attracting curious ghost-hunters who hope to catch a glimpse of someone or something from the great beyond.  Let's take a look at some of the most legendary haunted houses you may want to check out this season. Read on if you dare.

Amityville Horror House

What took place inside this Long Island estate is so chilling, it inspired a book and multiple films. In 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were found shot to death inside this stately home. Ronald DeFeo Jr., 23 at the time of the brutal killings, was later convicted of murdering his parents and four siblings. Though the home sold a year after the grisly killings, the new owners quickly moved out citing unusual odors, sudden, unexplainable cold drafts and a ghost that took appeared to be half-demon-half pig.  Despite all that bloody history, the five-bedroom waterfront home has had numerous owners since. It was back on the market in 2016, listed at $850,000 but sold in February of 2017 for $605,000.

Myrtles Plantation

This otherwise-attractive plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana is considered to be "one of the most haunted houses in America." Since it was built in 1797, the sprawling southern estate has been home to multiple owners as well as countless deaths and murders. Today, visitors have an opportunity to take a day or evening tour, or even stay over at the bed and breakfast for a chance to sample a side of the occult with their coffee and pastries. Legend has it that in addition to ghost sightings, a grand piano has been known to play sans musician, and furniture has rearranged itself. Definitely intriguing.

The Joshua Ward House

The Joshua Ward House at 148 Washington Street is a Federal style brick home that sits upon the land once belonging to Sheriff George "The Strangler" Corwin. Corwin was the High Sheriff of Essex County, Massachusetts, during the Salem Witch Trials. He was known to strangle the accused by an old English method of "tying neck and heels" in which the victims' bodies were forced into hoops, necks roped to feet until blood gushed out of their nose and mouth. Well hated, Corwin carried out the arrests of the accused and the executions at the gallows of those condemned during the trials. Corwin also pressed to death with rocks Giles Corey, an 80-year-old farmer, who refused to stand trial for witchcraft. Corey's last words were "Damn you Sheriff I curse you and Salem!" Four years later, at age 30, Corwin had a fatal heart attack and died. His family, fearing his body would be dismembered by an unruly crowd, interned his body in the cellar. They also did so because Phillip English, a wealthy merchant who was arrested by Corwin in 1692 tried to put a lien on his corpse until he was reimbursed for the damages suffered at the hands of Corwin during his imprisonment. Today, the house is a recently opened Bed and Breakfast called "The Merchant" and notably one of the most haunted houses in New England with many claims of ghostly encounters. #joshuawardhouse #salemma #hauntedhappenings #salemmassachusetts #ghosts #history

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Located in Salem, Massachusetts, one of the most haunted locales in the United States, the Joshua Ward House has earned a reputation for inhabiting the spirit of none other than George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials. Corwin, aka "the Strangler," is said to be responsible for the gruesome killings of more than a dozen men and women he suspected of practicing witchcraft. Legend has it, Corwin's body was buried in the basement of the three-story Federal style brick house. Visitors say Corwin and the ghost of one of the warlocks he killed at this location haunt this home.

The LaLaurie House

The most notorious house in the Quarter #lalauriehouse #hauntedneworleans

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New Orleans' French Quarter is home to the LaLaurie Mansion, where a socially prominent couple, Dr. Louis and Delphine LaLaurie, lived with their daughters during the 1830s. It was inside this three-story Creole mansion that Delphine reportedly tortured slaves, causing one to jump to her death. The house, which was owned by actor Nicolas Cage from 2007 to 2009, is said to be haunted by screams of terror emanating from the ghosts of Delphine's slaves. If this tale sounds familiar it may be because it was popularized in the TV show "American Horror Story: Coven."

The Lemp Mansion

My best friend and I did a paranormal investigation last night at the infamous Lemp Mansion! #vsco #lempmansion #paranormal

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Life magazine named the St. Louis-based Lemp Mansion one of the America's most haunted houses in 1980. Built in the 1860s, it was the home of brewing magnates who had a history of suicide in the family. In fact, three are said to have died inside the home, which currently houses a restaurant where murder mystery dinner theater takes place. Paranormal tours are offered as well.

Franklin Castle

I finally got to see it in person. The most haunted house in #Ohio the #franklincastle 🙌🏻❤️ It is so beautiful.

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This Queen Anne-style Victorian is known as the most haunted home in Ohio. While he lived there, Hans Tiedermann, a German immigrant, lost multiple children under mysterious circumstances. Despite the charm of the exterior, the Cleveland-based home is said to be filled with spirits.

The Lizzie Borden House

Located in Falls River, Massachusetts, the Lizzie Borden house is where, in 1892, Borden was believed to have murdered her father and step-mother with an axe in their home. Though she was acquitted, Borden was never able to shake her reputation as a cold-blooded killer. Those who are brave enough can visit this home, now a bed and breakfast, and stay in the room where the couple slept or the room where Borden's step-mother was found after the grisly murder.

The Kreischer Mansion

This Staten Island, New York home has been the site of multiple deaths, including a suicide and a murder. The otherwise-charming Victorian is said to be haunted by the spirits of those who died within its confines. Despite its history, the home, set on five acres, was listed at $9.5 million in 2016. Ghosts included.

The Logan Inn

Rumor has it...the Logan Inn in #NewHope is home to 4 individual ghosts. Have you ever had a spooky encounter in #BucksCounty?

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This Bucks County, Pennsylvania inn reportedly receives frequent visits from its most famous ghost, Emily, the daughter of a previous owner, who lived in room 6 and died in that very room as well. Capitalizing on its haunted history, the inn hosts monthly dinners featuring a medium who delivers messages from beyond. Intrepid guests can spend the weekend and even sleep in room 6 where visitors have noted the scent of smoke, which could be attributed to the military men who once stayed there during the 1700s, and flowers, a favorite decoration of Emily's.

Winchester Mystery House

Filled with dark passages and spider web windows, this home in San Jose, California has had millions of visitors pass through its spooky hallways. Guests can take part in a Friday the 13th flashlight tour or a Halloween candlelight tour and see if they discover any of the phenomenons that have made the house infamous with mystery lovers and fans of unique architecture alike.

The Octagon Museum

Built in 1799, The Octagon House is also known as the Colonel John Tayloe III House, for whom it was built. Tayloe lived there with his 15 children and wife Ann Ogle Tayloe who had offered the house to the French consulate in the hopes of sparing the it from destruction at the hands of the British during the invasion of Washington in August 1814. After the burning of the White House at their hands, President James Madison and his wife, Dolley moved into the Octagon and paid the Tayloes rent for their six month stay. During that time Madison himself and his wife both agreed the house was already very haunted even though it was just over a decade old. Of course, Dolley is said to haunt here (along with everywhere else in Washington) holding her famous ghostly receptions which she was so fond of in life. She is also supposedly most often seen in the front hall and drawing room, and the smell of lilacs is noticeable whenever her ghost is present.

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Known for its innovative architecture and beautiful but haunted spiral staircase, the Octagon Museum in Washington D.C. is said to be haunted by at least two ghosts. One is believed to be Dolly Madison, while the other is the daughter of a colonel who fought with her father about her love for a British soldier and fell to her death in that famous staircase.

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Should You Buy A Home In Your 20's?

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Should you buy a home in your 20's? Good question!! There's no single, sure-fire answer to it. Okay, there is...if you consider "it depends" to be a solid answer. You can search the Internet and find as many reasons to buy a house in your 20's, as you can find to not buy a house in your 20s.  You have to consider the source of every article. (As I'm sure you do.) What's the author's motivation? Is all you're really doing is confusing yourself, or convincing yourself what you already want to believe. So, the better question is... Do you want to buy a house?

Before you answer...

Maybe ask yourself a couple of other questions.

  1. Do you feel too young to buy a house?
  2. Do you feel old enough to buy a house?

They sound like the same question, just turned inside out. But they aren't really. Not if you really stop and think about them and how they relate to you. These are deeper questions not everyone in their 20's cares to ponder.  That in and of itself is probably a pretty good answer to the question. If you can't, won't or don't want to think it through on a deeper level, then you probably aren't ready — whether you want to or not, you probably shouldn't. So, if you're the type that cares to ponder those questions, please do. We can move on when you're done. The words below will still be here in a few minutes.

Don't decide against buying a house, just because your friends aren't buying them

It's true. Most 20-somethings don't buy houses. If you ask around, most 20-somethings will give totally legit sounding reasons why they can't, won't, or don't. But that doesn't mean they truly can't...or shouldn't. What it probably means is that they haven't given it all that much thought. They're probably just spitting out answers that they've assumed or overheard from their peers, or they're just unconsciously following the crowd. This is nothing new. This happens generation after generation. Trends happen. Right now, it just so happens that most people in their 20's follow a different path. Most first-time buyers don't buy until their early 30's. That's why you might want to give the whole buying-a-house-in-your-20's thing some serious thought...

At some point, most of your peers will want to buy their first house

At some point, people stop wanting to "play house", and actually buy a house instead of renting or living at home. It never gets easier. At any given moment in time, the interest rates matter. Housing prices matter. The job market matters. One's lifestyle matters. Everything always matters. But everything is always relative. Sure, all of that dictates what you can purchase. However, first homes are rarely ever as awesome as someone hopes for. They're called "starter homes" for a reason. It's rare that a first-time buyer is buying their dream home. Buying your starter home, condo, or multi-family home earlier on, gives you a leg up amongst your peers. You get a head start. You'll be a step ahead in getting to your dream home and maybe you'll even be able to keep the first home as a rental property.

If you want to buy a house...

Obviously, if you want to buy a house, you'll want to do your research. It's easier now than it ever has been to find information online, but as misleading as the information out there is on whether you should even buy a house in your 20's, so is the information on the best way to approach it. Lots of people make mistakes when they buy houses. Not just first-time buyers. The Internet has certainly made a lot of information available, but it has not necessarily made everyone who looks at the information an expert in the process, or analyzing the options. It has simply made it easier to avoid dealing with the experts.

Don't avoid dealing with the experts

Many people want to avoid dealing with real estate agents. There are good reasons for that; not all real estate agents are great. Some are pushy. Some will sell you on doing something. Some don't have any more clue than you do, but some are great and that should be your first, and most important step in buying a house.

Find a great real estate agent

A great real estate agent will essentially cost you the same to work with as one that's not so great. Whichever agent you hire won't cost you a dime, so you might as well choose the best one you can.

It's important to find a real estate agent you trust

Too many people don't make a deliberate decision on the real estate agent they hire. People tend to just stumble into working with a real estate agent they meet along the way who is "nice enough". I can't or won't say I am the best, or that I'm the right real estate agent for you, but I can say that I take pride in building trust with my clients and doing the best job possible.  I'd like a chance to show you that. I don't mean call me and let's run out and start looking at houses. I don't even mean give me your email address so I can spam the heck out of you forever. What I mean is this... Send me an email and I'll send you a short series of emails that'll help you decide if you should buy your first home, or not.  At the least, you'll get further along the way to buying your first house, and perhaps we will build a trusting relationship. I hope to help you decide if you should even buy in your 20's or not, and if you do, I want to help you make the best purchase possible.  If we don't, I won't be bugging you or pushing you to buy a house beyond this series of emails, so what's the harm? Send me an email with the subject line, "Please send me your first-time buyer tips" and I'll email you back right away.  You can find my email down below.  Hope to hear from you!

Well Millennials, its time to make some important decisions regarding your real estate future as a homeowner (or not).  Email a GroupWatson Buyer's Agent today to get the ball rolling and move one step closer to "adulting".

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Do You Believe In Any Of These Real Estate Superstitions?

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that the number 13 is unlucky. With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun and interesting to send along some superstitions we come across in the real estate industry, which you may have never heard about...

Lucky numbers

Real estate agents sometimes find themselves working with clients who have superstitions based upon lucky (and unlucky) numbers. This is often a cultural superstition. And the lucky or unlucky numbers are different from culture to culture. This can affect whether or not someone will buy a house, if the street address is an unlucky number, or even adds up to an unlucky number. It can also affect the specific dollar amount they will offer or accept for a house...

What direction a house faces

Does your house face East? If it does, that’s great... for some potential buyers. But others may not see it that way, and would never buy a house unless it faces South. Again, these superstitions are typically cultural, and no one direction is right for every culture. So, don’t worry what direction your house faces...there’s always someone who will be fine with whatever direction it is facing.

Mercury in retrograde

This is less cultural, and more a matter of whether someone is into astrology… It is believed that when the planet Mercury is in “retrograde” (backward), it is a bad time to enter a contract. So, if a client is sensitive to this, there is a good chance there isn’t a deal good enough to get them to buy or sell a house while Mercury is in retrograde.

Smudging

Ever hear of smudging? That’s when you burn a sacred plant (often sage), and walk around the house wafting the smoke, in order to get rid of negative energy in a house. Does that sound crazy? Sound like someone’s been smokin’ the smudge!? As a real estate agent, I wouldn’t call it crazy... While an agent may not believe in a client’s superstition, or even understand it...they won’t consider it crazy. It’s a real estate agent’s responsibility to represent their clients’ best interests. So I wouldn’t consider any of the above examples (or anything else you could throw at me) crazy…because if it is a concern for my client, it is a concern for me. Wishing you nothing but luck this Friday the 13th.  

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Why FALL Might Be The Best Time To Buy A Home

by Scott and Tammy Watson

A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market.

And, it is...

...in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there's also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings.

The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don't end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.)

Now, it isn't like new listings don't happen in the Fall. There's always new listings coming on the market. But it's not like, just because it's Fall and not Spring, prices are necessarily going to fall. In other words, new listings aren't likely to list for a lot lower than you would have seen in the Spring.

However, the homeowners who did list back in the Spring are much more likely to be anxious (perhaps even desperate) to sell their home. They've created their own problem...they missed the boat by pricing too high.

Which is great news for you, if you're looking to buy a home:

  • Less competition. (Many buyers stop looking at this time of year...for no good reason.)
  • Motivated sellers. (They're sick of being on the market, and wondering why nobody bought their house.)

It isn't always easy to find those listings. They don't wave a white flag, or lower their price to some ridiculous amount everyone would notice. If only it were that easy...

Just because someone listed their home back in the Spring doesn't mean they'll be all that negotiable.

There are certain things a great real estate agent will know to look for.

We LOVE rolling up our sleeves and finding the ones we can most likely negotiate the best deals on.

So, got anything you want us to roll up our sleeves and look for? Real estate deals won't just fall in your lap, but we can certainly help you find one this Fall.

Bonus

Want another reason to buy a home in the Fall? You can take advantage of year-end sales to outfit your home!

Hardly anybody buys a home who doesn't want (or need) to make improvements, however small. So why not coordinate your purchase with sales on items you'll need? According to Consumer Reports, September is an ideal time for buying carpet and paint. In October lawn mowers go on sale, and the same goes for appliances and cookware in November.

We are ready and able to find you that pefect home at the perfect price, so contact us today and put Group Watson to work for you!

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PROPERTY DETAILS
$550,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13696654
Bedrooms: 5
Full Baths: 4
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 4804
Lot Size: 0.27
Garage: 3
Heat Source: Central Air-Ele
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Classically Designed Sotherby Home on an Oversized Corner Lot! 5 Bdrms, 4 Baths, 3 Car Gar, Game Rm w'Wet Bar & Media Rm. Welcoming 2 Story Entry w'Iron Door, Hand Scraped Hardwood Floors Lead Past Study w'French Drs & the Frml Dining is Highlighted with Curved Walls & a Crystal Chandelier. Lge Living Rm has Vaulted Ceilings, Cast Stone Gas Log FP & Surround Sound. Island Kitchen w'Built in Desk Area, Granite, Elegant Lighting, SS Appl's, Gas Cooktop & Dble Ovens. Master Suite w'Plantation Shutters, Tray Ceiling, Crown Molding, Granite Counters, Oversized Shower & Jetted Tub. Guest Suite Down. Media Rm Speakers, Screen & Projector Stay. Private Backyard w'BOB Fence, Lge Flagstone Patio & Pergola w'Ceiling Fans.

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Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
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Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville TX 75056
214-682-7002
972-370-1775
Fax: 214-522-5519